Swindell Sheds Bad Luck At Eldora
ROSSBURG, Ohio — After a string of near wins and some bad luck, three-time champion Sammy Swindell forged ahead Friday night, pushing back a challenge from Tim Shaffer to the Knight Before the Kings Royal, his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.
“It’s great — after the year we’ve had… We’ve been right there the last few races, just couldn’t pull it off at the end and tonight the car just got better and better,” Swindell said. “The Big Game Treestands car and team did an awesome job.”
Swindell has led at least part of three of the last four races — including the last Outlaws event at the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park, where he dominated early but fell off toward the end of the event. At the first night of the Boot Hill Showdown in Dodge City, Kan., Swindell picked up the pole for the A main, but had his night ended in the first turn of the first lap, after Paul McMahan made contact with him and Swindell flipped.
Friday night at Eldora, Swindell put all of that behind him.
Shaffer, who sat on the pole, jumped out to an early and dominate lead after a short battle with Swindell to begin the A main.
“We were a little bit too tight at the start, let Shaffer get away,” Swindell said.